Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children""and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting story of twentieth-century Africa that is passionate in vision and breathtaking in scope. At the center of this unforgettable tale is Mugezi, a young man who manages to make it through the hellish reign of Idi Amin and experiences firsthand the most crushing aspects of Ugandan society: he withstands his distant father's oppression and his mother's cruelty in the name of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of war, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and yet he is able to keep a hopeful and even occasionally amusing outlook on life. Mugezi's hard-won observations form a cri de coeur for a people shaped by untold losses.
About the Author
Moses Isegawa (born August 10, 1963 in Uganda) is the pseudonym for Sey Wava, a Ugandan author. He worked as a history teacher before leaving for the Netherlands in 1990. He is the author of Abyssinian Chronicles and Snakepit. He resided for more than 15 years in Beverwijk, a small town near Amsterdam. In 2006 he returned to Uganda.
?Precious few first novels are as phantasmagoric or as haunting as this one.??Time
"His story has a strange amoral power, an immediacy and raw energy that capture the mood of the times."?Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
?This big, transcendently ambitious book offers an unparalleled picture of a culture in crisis?. Brimming with vividly rendered scenes.??TheBoston Globe